Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Adding transitions between videos in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, welcome to the video. We're going to be looking at Transitions in this one. Transitions is, we'll be doing one at the moment, it's just this. Watch for this, goes from this video to the next one, and we just do a cut. Just jumps across, but that is a transition. We're going to look at other ones like-- ready? Cross Dissolve. We'll look at another one where it fades to black in between. We'll fade it to white in between. Different transitions, we'll also get it to kind of like dip to black at the end here. There you go. We'll also talk about Pre-roll and Post-roll, and what it is, and we'll do some adjustments to our workspace. Yeah, let's get started. 

All right, let's look at our transitions. So we've done a transition already, right? Just a cut, watch. I'm going to put my Playhead there, hit 'Spacebar'. That is a transition, but we want to do some fancier transitions, but you will use just a lot-- you know, just so you know, cuts are really common. So what I want you to do, I'm going to show you some basic ones here, we'll do some more fancy ones later in the course, but I want you to just keep an eye out, now that you were a Video Editor, just look at your, favorite TV show, your Netflix, look at your YouTube channels you watch, and just see how they do their edit, just to build up a bit of, like a vocabulary about it. Jjust get a feeling for what you like and what they kind of convey. So the very next TV show you watch, that's not my video course, go and just keep an eye out for like the transitions. Just to get an idea of how they work. 

So we're going to look at some of the basics. To find your transitions-- they kind of hide them, they're in the Effects panel. In my particular screen layout, I've got to click this little double arrow here. It's kind of there-it-is-there effects, and it jumps across. So that is painful, because I don't use info very much. I don't use libraries at the moment very much. Media Browser, we're not using these in this Essentials course. Markers, History, there's lots of stuff we don't need. They're all kind of lumped in here. We will use Effects a lot, and we'll use the Project Window a lots. 

So what we're going to do is just click on the little, see the little Burger menu. Next to the word History, or any of these ones, go to Close Panel. Next one, Close Panel. Effects, we're going to leave on Info, so I just click on the word. Libraries, and then the little stripy lines appear, Close Panel. I'm just going to get that down to 2, nice, and clean, and clear. If you accidentally-- I bet you, half of you have gone through and actually closed the wrong one. So you've gone, "Oops, effects is gone", or your Project's gone. Just go to 'Window', there it is there, 'Effects', turn it back on. If yours has gone horribly wrong what you can do is, go to 'Window', 'Workspaces', and go to 'Editing', then go back into here, 'Workspaces', and go to 'Reset to Saved Layout'. 

Problem is, Lumetri Color's going to close, and all these windows down here are going to reopen, but you can kind of get back to here, eventually. So these two are what we need most off, and the one we're going to use now, is called Video Transitions. See this little chevron here, little arrow, click on it, and you can scroll down, and there is transitions. So we look at the main ones to get started with, and the main-est one-est, is the one under Dissolve, hit the little arrow, there's this one called Cross Dissolve, this is the main one. So cuts, all other time, Cross Dissolves, rest of the time. And all we need to do is we need to-- I'll show you what happens, click, hold, and drag it, and we're going to put it between number 1 and number 2. You can kind of see, it's like, where do I put it, just kind of dump it in there, regardless of where it is, and we'll have a look at how to adjust that afterwards. 

It's very teeny tiny so we have to zoom in, so get your Playhead, where it needs to be, and let's zoom in a little bit, hitting ' + ' on your keyboard, or struggling along with the little rubber band. You can see, there's a Cross Dissolve in there. I'm going to click on it, just select at the middle and hit 'Del', that's how you get rid of a transition, and I'm going to add it again. So dragging this on, and you'll notice that there's a way of putting it there. 

I can kind of like have it on the right-hand side, can have it on this side. It just depends on what kind of like dissolve you want. You want it to be mainly this side disappearing, and this side kind of like starting off fresh, without any sort of fuzziness, or you want to kind of an equal blend. Most of the time, stick in the middle, bit of both, whereas this, you can drag it afterwards, and kind of decide that I want it mostly on this side. So it just means that-- can you kind of see, Dissolve's already finished before we get in there. It doesn't really matter, at this stage at least. So I'm going to Cross Dissolve right in the middle, I'm going to grab my Playhead back, hit 'Spacebar'. Look at that, soft transition, moving across the screen. So that is how to add a transition. Let's look at how to adjust it. 

So let's say that you want it to be more of a Scooby-doo kind of like extended stretch. So that was a bit quick. You can just grab either ends of these, and when I say grab them, use your Selection Tool, and just hover above the end, do you see this little icon? Click it, hold it, drag it, and just drag it up, it will drag both sides. You've got a-- basically doubled the length of that Cross Dissolve. So move your Playhead back here, hit 'Spacebar'. That is very, too purposeful, you'd have to be doing something other than a how-to video to really pull that off. 

I feel like, just so you know, like a Cross Dissolve can be used quite simply. It doesn't mean a whole lot, but when you extend it out a bit, it's kind of playing with, like time. It's saying that time has passed, watch. So lots of time has passed in this one. You can use it for different effects. I'm not going to go into too much detail, on what the meanings behind the different transitions are. It's kind of another course, but, in this case, a nice simple transition. I might speed mine up, you can make it smaller as well. Just to kind of change between scenes. I don't really like it here, but, hey, you'll use it in lots of different projects we do through this course. 

Let's look at another one, so I'm going to leave the Cross Dissolve there, and I'm going to grab the middle of my little stretchy rubber band thing, and going to find that gap between 02 and 03. Let's have a look at some of the other ones in Dissolve. So Dip to black is a nice one. Stick it between, here, 'Spacebar'. Nice simple one. Just transition between two different videos, Dip to Black. Let's scroll along a little bit further, you can Dip to White, let's have a little look. Just a different way of transitioning. Let's not--

Film Dissolve looks a lot like, Additive Dissolve look a lot like Cross Dissolve. There are lots of other ones in here. You're happy, like, I can't really stop you now, from going and playing with them all. Some of them, like Morph Cat is super hard core, it's going to freak your machine out. We'll look at Morph Cut later on, but you can play around with these at the moment. We will cover that later on in the course, if you do want to hold off, but you don't have to. There's only two in here that you're not allowed to use because-- Page Peel, and, where's Barn Doors? Is Barn Doors in this one? Barn Doors. So Barn Doors and Page Peel, you're banned from using, it's against the law. They are terrible, terrible transitions. You are going to go and try them out, I know. You'll see that they're terrible, and if you find somebody actually, that's using Page Peel in their video editing, make sure you, I'm serious, contact a member of staff, and tell people. Those are really bad transitions. 

What else we need to do? Oh yeah, let's look at kind of other uses for, say Dip to Black. So let's go back to Dissolve, let's go to the end of our video. Dip to Black, even though it's kind of like a transition as well, you can actually just stick it on the end. Watch this, just a nice-- so it dips to black, a nice way of finishing my clip like this, and you can drag your way out so it kind of starts fading nicely. There you go. 

Another thing before we go, I'm going to talk about Post-roll and Pre-roll. So I'm going to click on this 'Dip to Black', and get rid of it. I'm going to explain why-- what Pre-roll and Post-roll is, and why I sit around like an idiot at the end of these, doing this. Watch, playing, playing. Then I sit there like an idiot for a while. You're probably like, editing the video, going, "What is it telling?" It's so that I can do transitions like that, it gives me scope after I've filmed, to kind of go like this, add this transition, scope it-- you know, drag it out so that it is, can you see, now I've got scope to do it, if you finish, and the first thing that the talent does, or the actor does, or in this case me, is finished, then quickly stands up. 

There's nothing you can really do at the end, other than just cutting it, which is a little bit lame. You'll notice at the beginning of lots of my videos as well. Let's go back. So that's pre-roll, uh, post-roll. So post as in afterwards, so after the footage, try and get your talent to sit there for a little while, and-- I feel like an idiot, but let's have a look at this one. So I'm looking at 01 again, you'll notice that I do a lot of-- I always got Post-roll because I'm always thinking about something. 

So, can you see, it's just a little bit of like me. Being a dork. It just means I can do the same thing, grab my Razor tool, slice it off there, delete that bit, grab my Effects, grab my Dip to Black. Things freaking out, I'm going to use my Selection Tool. Drag it on, you can't drag it on to the audio. So I was trying to drag it onto the audio then, it's like, it won't work. You might have already had that problem in the course, but just make sure it's dragged up to the video part at the beginning. And now I got some Pre-roll. There you go, see. And Post-roll. That's what it is, it's more just showing you, so, "Why does Dan do all that stuff at the ends and beginnings?" That's because of that. 

All right, that is the basics of transitions, we'll do some fancier bits later on, but a nice good introduction to it. Let's move on to the next video.